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REVIEW: EARTH CAFE

A dairy free cafe in the heart of bandra, at first you might think, oh I’m not vegan so it’s not for me, but one visit and you’re sure to fall in love with the space!
Located at Waterfield Road, firstly I love the name, Earth Cafe, is located above Pernia’s Pop Up and might not be that easy to locate.

As you enter, the airy and bright place will bring a smile on your face, the pink walls, the big clock and the road facing view (with no traffic noise). I went here with a vegan friend and she took over the ordering. We had the vegan pizza (yes, with vegan cheese), Nachos and the Pretty P Cold Coffee which was prepared with Almond Milk, Espresso, Dark Chocolate and Cream.


My coffee was awesome and I really enjoyed the almond milk. The pizza, well, I’ve had vegan pizza before only to be disappointed but I’m happy to share that this one tasted nothing like it, this one was delicious! The Nachos were great too. We also had the cheesecake, which was not as dense as a regular cheesecake, but nevertheless, tasted yummy! If there were more vegan places, that created food like that, I would definitely consider turning vegan. Kudos to the service too, we got some great recommendations from the owner who was around, checking on us from time to time. Another cafe on my list of favourites and what a great job at making a non-vegan enjoy vegan food!

Venue: Earth Cafe

Overall rating

Waterfield Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Above Pernia’s Pop Up

Phone: +91 96190 33393

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Review: Coffee Culture

In a place like Bandra, we can never have ‘just enough’ coffee shops. The more, the merrier, is what we believe.

Replacing Basilico, this newbie is not so new afterall. They have outlets in Surat, Lucknow, Jabalpur, Vapi, Kadodara, Bardoli and now Mumbai. It’s amazing to see how cafes are taking an effort to do up their interiors and gone are the days where all you got in a coffee shop was a display of cold food and a table to keep it on.

Coffee Culture, located on Hill Road, is chirpy and colourful. When we entered, on a weekday evening, we were quite surprised to see that there was no place to sit, inside or outside. After a wait of ten minutes, we were given a table. Since it was too loud inside (constant chattering and no music), we asked to be shifted outside, which definitely had a better vibe.

We ordered for the Chicken Pizza Wich and Culture Addiction Cold Coffee. The Pizza Wich – a grilled sandwich with cheese and chicken as the filling, was average. The filling could have been better and definitely more cheese! The Culture Addiction was listed under the Dessert Cold Coffee section and was rich, creamy with a hint of hazelnut and was topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. It was great, definitely coming back for this one. The menu is so vast that it’s going to take us many visits to try out more stuff on it and we are looking forward to it. The service lacked promptness, hopefully only a teething issue and since it was packed to the t, we can excuse them.

Overall, Coffee Culture is a wonderful addition to the coffee scene and it makes us happy that they have a range of food options. Going back there soon!

Overall Rating

Venue:  Coffee Culture

Hill Road, Bandra West

Landmark: Opposite Mamagoto

Phone: +9122 6134 4915

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Mumbai Candid at @chandnitolani @mumbaicandid on Instagram and Coffee Culture at @coffeeculturein

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Review: Grandmama’s Cafe

Nostalgia will transport you back to your childhood, to your frequent visits to your Grandmama’s house, for the food, for the vibe and for the comfort. Grandmama’s Cafe impresses, the moment you walk in, with their embroidered photo frames, white walls, white couches and floral bill boxes. Expect a waiting time of one hour atleast, as getting a table here, is as time consuming as getting money out of the ATM (current scenario). Although, the experience is worth the wait.

We dropped by to try out their specially crafted Diabetic Friendly menu for the Diabetic Food Trail. It comprised of items from their regular menu, some as they were, some with some minor tweaks. The Diabetic Food Trail® is a pioneering initiative which offers a wonderful culinary experience to Diabetics, Pre-Diabetics and Health conscious individuals at over 200 restaurants across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore & Pune. The Diabetic Food Trail is presented by Britannia NutriChoice Essentials in association with Biocon. Read more about this initiative here:  The Diabetic Food Trail

A set menu, we started our meal with the salads. The Caesar Salad, the only change being, no croutons, was fresh and light. With or without croutons, we are definitely having this again. Although if you’re looking for something to pack a power punch, try the Nutrition Power House Salad – Quinoa, barley, pomegranate, goat cheese, rocket leaves tossed in a lemon dressing. So yum yet so healthy.

Moving on, the small plates from their all day menu, were extremely impressive. We tried the Mushroom A La Plancha – mushrooms tossed on a griddle with garlic, olive oil and sweet balsamic. Addictive, delicious and worth a try. The Gambas Al Ajillo – prawns with garlic, olive oil, chilli and basil, were tasty too, not the best we’ve had though. Not to miss the Kejriwal Grandmamas Style – bread topped with egg, mushroom and green chilli cheese sauce, we wish we woke up to this for breakfast every day!

The Pan Seared John Dory and the Home Style Grilled Chicken were next on our tasting platter. Both cooked to perfection and delicious. By the end of our meal, we were quite full, though we saved some space for dessert and thank god for that.

The Gobstopper
The Gobstopper

From their regular menu and not a part of the Diabetic Food Trail, we ordered for the Gobstopper – flourless chocolate layered with mousse and stuffed with marshmallows. Yes you read that right! We could easily conclude that this is one of the best, most decadent desserts in the city.

At the end of our meal all we said was, we can’t wait to try the rest of our menu, so we’re definitely going back there.

P.S.: If you’re starving and want to grab a quick bite, then maybe you should leave this place for another day. But if you are looking to indulge, Grandmama is calling out to you today.

Venue: Grandmama’s Cafe 

Overall rating
Overall rating

Landmark: Opposite Juhu BeachHotel Royal Garden, Juhu

Phone: +91 22 6769 9966

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Grandmama’s Cafe at @grandmamascafeon Instagram

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Review: The Birdsong Organic Cafe



Everytime you think that Bandra has everything you ever wanted, something new pops up and pleasantly surprises you. 

Birdsong Cafe, the latest addition to the coffee shops is located in a secret lane, off the noisy, bustling, shoppers paradise – Hill Road. The location of the cafe is its biggest advantage, considering the fact that it makes for a perfect spot to enjoy a book over a cup of coffee , tea or one of their health juices.



What makes the cafe more interesting is the fact that the food served here is completely organic. Even their brownies and cookies are a healthier option. We tried the yogurt salad, the lemon ginger juice and the carrot beet juice. The juices were as healthy as they could get but we wished the glasses were bigger. The yogurt salad was delicious and definitely worth a try. 

We did want to try one of the brownies but they looked dry and we weren’t sure if it was a good idea, Maybe next time, cause we’re sure coming back here! 

Venue: The Birdsong Cafe
Waroda Road, Off Hill Road, Bandra West
Landmark: Behind American Express Bakery

Phone: 26422323, 26423939

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The Birdsong Cafe at @TheBirdsongCafe
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Tea Cakes Promotion at Sofitel



Pastry Chef Marzban Avari hosted a tea cake tasting session at Artisan, the Epicerie, Patisserie &  Chocolaterie at Sofitel Hotel BKC. Crafted especially for the monsoons, the menu included  Chocolate & Apricot Cake, Hazelnut Cake, Lemon & Almond Cake, Caramel Cake and Mix Berry Cake, served with a choice of piping hot tea. We opted for the Christmas Tea which was aromatic and flavourful. Our favourite from the cakes were the Chocolate and Apricot as well as the Hazelnut Cake.
The cakes were priced at Rs.200, a steal!
On special request, Chef agreed to share a couple of recipes of the tea cakes especially for the Mumbai Candid readers. 

Recipes


Caramel Tea Cake
Ingredients
Refined Flour    g    900
Baking powder    g    20
Eggs    g    30
Vanilla pod    g    5
Almond paste    g    200
Butter    g    900
Orange juice    ml    100
Sugar    g    900

Method
1.Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat oven to 350°.
2.Lightly butter and flour an 8 ½ inch tube pan OR a 9×5 inch loaf pan, knocking out the excess flour.
3.Sift together the flour, baking powder, twice.
4. In a small bowl, combine the eggs and vanilla; whisk just to combine.
5. In a clean sanitise bowl add sugar, sprinkle some water and make caramel. When it reaches the caramel stage ass 200 gms of butter.                                                                              6.In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted   with paddle attachment, beat the above caramel mixture on low speed until it breaks up.
7.  As the caramel cools down , start adding the remaing butter.
8. Continue on low speed while adding the butter,
9.Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

10.Then turn on the mixer to medium speed; beat until mixture is light in color and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
11.With the mixer still on medium, add the eggs in a very slow, steady stream and mix until incorporated.
12. Stop the mixer and again scrape down the sides; resume mixer at medium speed and mix for another 30 seconds. .
13.Finally, add the flour mixture in batches, stirring after each addition until incorporated.
14. Scrape down the sides of the bowl one last time; spoon batter into prepared pan; smooth the surface with an offset spatula.
15.Bake 45-50 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly touched and a pick comes out clean; let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5-7 minutes.

16.Place the wire rack holding the cake over a sheet of waxed paper or foil to catch any drips; invert the cake onto the rack.
17.Brush the entire warm cake with the orange juicer , then let the cake cool completely on the rack (the cake breaks apart easily when warm, so don’t attempt to move it).
18.When the cake is cool, transfer it to a serving plate; serve at room temperature.






Chocolate Tea Cake
Ingredients (Serves 3) 
Refined Flour    g    270
Baking powder    g    6
Eggs    nos    20
Vanilla pod    g    5
Almond powder    g    70
Butter    g    270
Cream    g    60
Orange juice    ml    100
Choco powder    g    60
Sugar    g    300

METHOD:               

1.Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat oven to 350°.
2.Lightly butter and flour an 8 ½ inch tube pan OR a 9×5 inch loaf pan, knocking out the excess flour.
3.Sift together the flour, baking powder, choco powder, and almond powder twice.
4. In a small bowl, combine the eggs and vanilla; whisk just to combine.
5.In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter on low speed until it breaks up.
6. Add the sugar gradually and continue mixing until it forms a smooth mixture.
7. Continue on low speed while adding the butter,
8.Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

9.Then turn on the mixer to medium speed; beat until mixture is light in color and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
10.With the mixer still on medium, add the eggs in a very slow, steady stream and mix until incorporated.
11. Stop the mixer and again scrape down the sides; resume mixer at medium speed and mix for another 30 seconds. .
12.Finally, add the flour mixture in batches stirring after each addition until incorporated.
13. Add the cream, at medium speed and mix for another 30 seconds .                          14.Scrape down the sides of the bowl one last time; spoon batter into prepared pan; smooth the surface with an offset spatula.
15.Bake 45-50 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly touched and a pick comes out clean; let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5-7 minutes. 

16.Place the wire rack holding the cake over a sheet of waxed paper or foil to catch any drips; invert the cake onto the rack.
17.Brush the entire warm cake with the orange juicer , then let the cake cool completely on the rack (the cake breaks apart easily when warm, so don’t attempt to move it).
18.When the cake is cool, transfer it to a serving plate; serve at room temperature.



Almond Lemon Tea Cake
Ingredients
Refined Flour    g    120
Baking powder    g    2
Salt    g    7
Eggs    no    5
Vanilla pod    g    5
Almond paste    g    200
Butter    g    250
Sugar    g    200
Lemon zest    g    5
Orange zest    g    5

1.Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat oven to 350°.
2.Lightly butter and flour an 8 ½ inch tube pan OR a 9×5 inch loaf pan, knocking out the excess flour.
3.Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt twice.
4. In a small bowl, combine the eggs and vanilla; whisk just to combine.
5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the almond paste on low speed until it breaks up.
6. This can take up to a minute, depending on how soft and warm it is.
7. Slowly add the sugar in a steady stream, beating until incorporated.
8 Do not add the sugar too quickly, the paste won’t break up as well.
9.Cut butter into 1 tablespoon pieces.
10.Continue on low speed while adding the butter, a tablespoon at a time, for about 1 minute.
11.Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
12.Then turn on the mixer to medium speed; beat until mixture is light in color and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
13.With the mixer still on medium, add the eggs in a very slow, steady stream and mix until incorporated.
14. Stop the mixer and again scrape down the sides; resume mixer at medium speed and mix for another 30 seconds.
15. Add in the citrus zest and mix in with a wooden spoon.
16.Finally, add the flour mixture in batches, stirring after each addition until incorporated.
17. Scrape down the sides of the bowl one last time; spoon batter into prepared pan; smooth the surface with an offset spatula.
18.Bake 45-50 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly touched and a pick comes out clean; let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5-7 minutes.
19.Meanwhile, stir together the lemon and orange juices and sugar in a small bowl.
20.Place the wire rack holding the cake over a sheet of waxed paper or foil to catch any drips; invert the cake onto the rack.
21.Brush the entire warm cake with the zest sugar mixture, then let the cake cool completely on the rack (the cake breaks apart easily when warm, so don’t attempt to move it).
22.When the cake is cool, transfer it to a serving plate; serve at room temperature.

Venue:  Artisan, Sofitel Hotel
Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
Landmark: Near Trident Hotel

Phone: 6117 5000

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Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid 


Review: G Cafe at Vinegar

  
When we heard of the new boutique cafe that has opened at Vinegar – the store that has been making the rounds in the news in recent times, we were looking forward to give it a try. So we put on our tasting hats and drove off to check out this cozy little coffee shop called G Cafe, snuggled inside the fashion store.

The menu is limited but looks very interesting and innovative. Options include salads, sandwiches, tarts, smoothies and other beverages. Before we started our meal we were told that the portions that that will be served are only tasting portions and will be soon converted into generous servings once the cafe is fully functional. 
To begin with, we ordered the Hazelnut, Almond & Chocolate Smoothie which was quite decent, but then again, you can’t really go wrong with chocolate, can you? And the Berry Smoothie (Raspberry + Blueberry + Strawberry) which lacked flavour and could have been a tad bit sweeter. That’s where our disappointment ended.

Coming to the food, we first ordered the Mixed Greens, Roasted Almonds & Cranberry Salad. It was nutty, delightful and as amazing as the ingredients made it sound. Since we couldn’t decide which open sandwich amongst the two choices sounded better, we called for both. The Caramalized Pears & Candid Walnut sandwich and the Roasted & Marinated Pumpkin with Mozzarella sandwich, both were full of flavour and comprised of interesting combinations of fruit and cheese.
When we thought our amazement ends there, we were served the desserts! The Banoffee Pie was below average but the Tiramisu made up for it. Served in a flower pot with cookie crumbles on top and a strong punch of rum, this one was surely a winner!

Overall, G – Cafe is for all you Masterchef fans, they have blended some great ingredients and put together a wonderful menu. We are definitely going back here, especially for that Tiramisu!


Inside Vinegar Store, 13th Road, Off Linking Road Khar
Landmark: Next to Khatwari Darbar
Phone: 26483826